Defending ACC champions Virginia Tech have added to their roster, getting a verbal commitment from Pennsylvania state champ Brent Benedict, who will join the H2Okies roster next fall.
Benedict heads to Virginia Tech from Corry, Pennsylvania, where he won dual state titles as a member of Corry High School last spring. He put up 48-second swims in the 100 back and 100 fly, most notably breaking the AA state record held by Pennsylvania high school swimming legend David Nolan in the backstroke. (Nolan competed in AA in 2009, setting that record before moving up to AAA for his later seasons).
“I decided on Virginia Tech because the team was a family more than a team and the coaches are some of the top in the country,” Benedict said this week. “This program is on the rise and I am super excited to be a part of it.”
Benedict’s Best Times
- 100 back: 48.69
- 100 fly: 48.25
- 50 free: 20.94
- 100 free: 45.85
Benedict also competes for Erie Aquatic Club and the Corry YMCA. His top fly and back times would have put him into the C final at last year’s ACC Championships, scoring points in the conference, which scores down to 24th. Virginia Tech’s Morgan Latimer finaled in both last season, but is now a senior, meaning he’ll hand the baton off to his younger teammates, Benedict included, after this season.